Monday, May 30, 2011
"They grow 'em big..."
This great photo came to me via e-mail forwarded by a friend, under a subject line that says, "They grow 'em big in Georgia!"
According to the e-mail, this is a 9-foot, 1-inch Georgia rattle snake weighing 97-pounds and found in Bulloch County, just north of Savannah.
"Biggest rattler found since Ross Allen captured one in 1969, that measured 9 feet, 1 inch but only weighed 78 lbs.," the e-mail points out.
"This old guy was found inside a [sic] open water tank near an abandoned chicken house," the e-mail continues.
I'm not sure if the reference to "old guy" refers to the snake or the geezer with the pole -- but it really doesn't matter.
Either way, the whole thing is a lie.
Apparently, this same photo has been turning up all over the country.
In one instance, the snake is said to have been found in Medicine Lodge, Kansas. In another, it came from Amarillo, Texas.
And, regardless, it is undeserving of the praise it got in a Georgia website called Lowcountry Outdoors:
"Truly a magnificent specimen, a mature diamondback rattlesnake is a wonder of nature and he makes his home in parts of our coastal plain. These snakes are much more rare these days and most outdoorsmen have never seen a diamondback in person."
Another website, TruthorFiction.com, questions the snake's authenticity altogether.
"The picture itself is one of a rattlesnake that has been positioned well in front of the man holding it and close enough to the lens of the camera to make it appear larger than life," the website points out. "It's doubtful that a 97-pound rattlesnake could be held as effortlessly as depicted in the picture."
This is a prime example of why we really can't rely on the internet for news.
And, by the way, here's a recent picture taken outside my house with a cellphone. The snake and the children are real, and there's no Photoshop involved.
Posted by The Newsman at 9:38 AM